Exercise of the Week: Cross-Training. Cross-training is a good alternative to running. It not only adds variety into your exercise routine, but also helps to reduce injury. The idea is to help give your muscles and joints a break from all the shock absorbing encountered from running. This way you can put less stress on your body while keeping your endurance current. A good alternative to running is swimming because it's non-weight bearing but a full body workout. Also try cycling or maybe some yoga. Just remember resting your muscles and joints from constant impact is important.
Training Tip of the Week: Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Having a normal sleeping routine will benefit your running. Normal sleeping patterns effect metabolism, stress, and fatigue. Minimize "catch-up" sleep because it only throws off your body. Eating and drinking (mostly caffeine) two to three hours before you fall asleep will help your body relax properly since your blood glucose levels (blood sugar) will be at the peak giving you the warm and comfy feeling. Also, getting enough sleep, 6-8 hours, a night is just as important as maintaining a sleeping schedule.
Training Songs of the Week: It's Carnival time in NOLA, so it's only appropriate for my number 1 choice of the week! Enjoy!
1. The Mardi Gras Mambo- Funky Meters
2. Bedrock- Lil Wayne ft. Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lloyd
3. Teeth- Lady Gaga
4. Put It In A Love Song- Alicia Keys ft. Beyonce
5. Life Magazine- Cold Cave
Countdown to the Atlanta ING Marathon:
39 Days (March 21, 2010).
Countdown to the Atlanta Live DOW Run For Water:
67 Days (April 18, 2010)
Run/Walk For Haiti on February 19-24! There is no better reason to start being active, or to just simply feel selfless in your activity. Team up with New York Road Runners and run/walk 4 miles anywhere anytime on the above date(s). Make a donation and/or log your run with Nike+ Help for Haiti. I love how physical activity brings the world together! :)